NACE Automechanika Chicago education to focus on current trends, technologies and processes

Classes to teach diagnostic problem-solving skills for driveability, electrical issues and pre- and post scans

Santa Monica, Calif.—With four days of training, show floor exhibits, multiple co-located events and new business opportunities, the slate of offerings at NACE Automechanika Chicago will bring current information to automotive professionals from all segments of the industry.

Technical and management-related training for automotive service and collision repair shops takes place at the event, July 26-29, at McCormick Place West in Chicago. Registration for the show is open now.

A number of diagnostic courses will be taught, focusing on drivability concerns and electrical issues. Those courses aim to improve technicians’ abilities to use the proper tools to find and resolve issues with vehicles, not solely the symptoms a problem presents. Additionally, detailed looks at specific underhood systems, undercar best practices and strategies for brake, transmission and emissions service as well as managerial courses on leadership, shop management and revenue streams will be presented. Hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles will be discussed in a variety of courses, while collision repair professionals can learn about vehicle scanning, estimating, bonding practices and more.

“The training designed for auto body repair specialists is in line with the needs of today’s collision repair shops,” said Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director. “For example, pre- and post-repair scanning is a big discussion point in the industry right now, and we are pleased to offer specific courses instructing professionals on what they need to know and how to perform vehicle scans. And that’s just one example. Repair and management courses are designed specifically for these shops and their employees with real-world examples and lessons that they can implement immediately upon returning to their shops.”

All mechanical-related training, both technical and management-based, is offered for no cost to attendees when they register with a code from one of NACE Automechanika Chicago’s sponsors that include Automotive Training Institute, ATSG, CARQUEST Technical Institute, Federal-Mogul Motorparts, Mitchell 1 and the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium. Attendees who complete courses throughout the training event will receive certificates for continuing education credits and business training requirements. The offer is open to professionals employed by a repair or auto body shop, educators and students. Friday, July 28, is designated as a unique training day for students, which will feature automotive training programs, show floor programs and networking opportunities enabling students to learn more about their industry.

Additionally, the Business Outlook Conference, scheduled for two half-day sessions, offers information, insight and awareness of the economy, legislation, technology and their impact on the automotive industry and market.

The annual MSO Symposium will take place July 26, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, while the Advanced Technology & Diagnostic Repair Forum again will be offered. I-CAR training classes also will be part of the agenda for collision repair professionals to attend.

A full list of training sessions, registration for courses and a free expo pass is at

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